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Can activated charcoal really improve your skin? Experts weigh in

from Reader's Digest

You've seen ominous-looking black charcoal products in skin care and even dental products. Activated charcoal has gotten a lot of media attention, but some experts aren’t convinced it lives up to expectations. Exposing regular charcoal to high temperatures and a gas, such as oxygen makes it develop more pores, turning it into "activated charcoal." Those pores, plus the carbon in it, attract substances and soak them up like a sponge. Doctors use activated charcoal to remove toxins from people who have overdosed, but it might have some beauty uses, too. more

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